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Mayfield pleads guilty to three misdemeanors, avoids jail time

Jan 6, 2014, 6:26 PM EDT

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Former Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield (pictured, from 2012) has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors – two for possession of stolen goods and one for possession of drug paraphernalia – in a North Carolina court this afternoon.

However, Mayfield was able to avoid jail time and, according to the Charlotte Observer, will instead serve a 45-day suspended sentence along with an 18-month period of unsupervised probation. He will also have to pay $88,124.41 in restitution to victims as well as $1,100 in fines and other costs.

Mayfield was arrested in November of 2011 after local police conducted a search of his now-former home, which was recently burned down as part of a firefighters’ training exercise. The police found drugs as well as almost $100,000 in stolen goods in the search.

In November of 2012, Mayfield was kicked off the property. He must apply for reinstatement into NASCAR after the sanctioning body suspended him in 2009 following a positive drug test for methamphetamine.

After his court appearance this afternoon, Mayfield said according to the Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass that he would consider going into NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program if it would help him get back in the sport.

“I’m not sure what we’re going to do now,” Mayfield said according to Pockrass. “We’re going to wake up tomorrow morning and figure that out…I’m not sure what I want to do yet.

“In some way [I want to race]. I’m not sure what way yet. I love racing. That is what I love to do and what I’d like to do, I’m just not sure to what extent or not really even sure that will be in our future.”

In a statement from Catawba County (N.C.) District Attorney James Gaither, Jr., the death of a key witness for the state was listed as a factor in Mayfield’s sentence.

That witness was a confidential informant whose information led to the search warrant on Mayfield’s home. However, he died in a motorcycle accident in 2012 following a high-speed police chase.

Per Pockrass, police found methamphetamine and scales in a compartment on the informant’s motorcycle. A passenger on the cycle was also killed in the crash.

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